LAAPFF: Ernesto Foronda and his LA-Centric “Sunset Stories”

Going into this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Sunset Stories was one of the hotly-anticipated features, coming off a world premiere run at South by Southwest and being the feature directorial debut from writer/director/producer Ernesto Foronda (Better Luck Tomorrow). Sunset Stories is the story of May (Monique Gabriela Curnen), a nurse who must (read…)

Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino on their doc “Bill W.”

Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of over two million men and women, and its impact and influence have permeated innumerable aspects of American and global culture. What’s lesser known is the life and story of Bill W., aka Bill Wilson, who co-founded the organization in an attempt to reclaim his life from alcoholism. The (read…)

Arthur (1981)

Arthur (1981) Written and directed by Steve Gordon. Dudley Moore as Arthur Bach and John Gielgud as Hobson. Arthur: Hobson? Hobson: Yes. Arthur: Do you know what I’m going to do? Hobson: No, I don’t. Arthur: I’m going to take a bath. Hobson: I’ll alert the media. Arthur: Do you want to run my bath (read…)

LAAPFF: Filmmaker Greg Cahill on his film “Two Shadows”

Among the many wonderful and unique films showing at the on-going Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Two Shadows stands out as being the first dramatic film to explore the contemporary Cambodian-American experience, and particularly that of the refugees of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the late Seventies, as they continue to search for and (read…)

LAAPFF: Debbie Lum on her documentary “Seeking Asian Female”

Having recently premiered at SXSW, Seeking Asian Female came into the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival this weekend with great fanfare, enjoyed two sold-out screenings, and inspired robust Q&As. Seeking Asian Female is the first feature from documentarian Debbie Lum, who wanted to explore the lives of American men with so-called “Yellow Fever” – (read…)

House of Bamboo (1955)

House of Bamboo (1955) Directed by Samuel Fuller Robert Ryan as Sandy Dawson and Robert Stack as Eddie Kenner. Dawson: My apologies, Eddie, but we’re entitled to one mistake. If you don’t make a mistake, you never know when you’re right.

LAAPFF: Akira Boch on his indie rock narrative feature “The Crumbles”

While film festival auditoriums feel at times overrun with bleakness and tragedy, The Crumbles is the ultimate love letter to youthful, rock n’ roll exuberance and a case study of the glory and pitfalls inherent in the pursuit of dreams. The Echo Park indie rock tragicomedy premiered this weekend at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific (read…)

LAAPFF: Carol Liu on her documentary “Restoring the Light”

This past weekend found the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in full swing in Los Angeles, Koreatown, and Long Beach. This year’s festival goes through Sunday, May 20th, with an array of remarkable narrative and documentary films being shown. One of the festivals’ standout documentaries is Restoring the Light, the first feature from festival (read…)

True Stories (1986) – Happy 60th Birthday, David Byrne

True Stories (1986) Written and directed by David Byrne. David Byrne as the Narrator. Narrator: Well, I suppose these freeways made this town and a lot of others like it possible. They’re the cathedrals of our time someone said. Not me.

The Watercooler with the Golden Arm

After last week’s Saul Bass-inspired Watercooler Musical Interlude, and a discussion with Sam about Elmer Bernstein and his excellent jazz work in Otto Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, why not go right to the source this week? This wasn’t Bass’s first sequence, of course. It was preceded in 1954 by Carmen Jones, and (read…)

The Grifters (1990) – Happy Mother’s Day!

The Grifters (1990) directed by Stephen Frears. Sandy Baron as Dr. Mitchell and Anjelica Huston as Lilly Dillon. Dr. Mitchell: He’s had an internal hemorrhage. He’s bleeding to death. Lilly: Well, make it stop. Dr. Mitchell: His blood pressure is under a hundred. I, I, I don’t think he’s gonna make it. Lilly: You know (read…)

The Breakfast Club (1985) – Happy 50th Birthday, Emilio Estevez

The Breakfast Club (1985) Written and directed by John Hughes. Emilio Estevez as Andrew Clark. Andrew: You know, sometimes… I wish my knee would give and I wouldn’t be able to wrestle anymore and he could forget all about me.

Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish (2011)

Melissa Weisz in Eve Annenberg’s Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish Photo Credit Mafalda Melo [Note: After a successful run on the film festival circuit, Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish debuted in New York last summer. It arrives this weekend in Los Angeles, just in time for Mothers’ Day] What do you get when you take (read…)

The Raid… in Catmination

Because everything is better with animated clay cats…

Our Man Flint (1966)

Our Man Flint (1966) Directed by Daniel Mann James Coburn as Derek Flint and Michael St. Clair as Hans Gruber. Flint: Hans Gruber. Hitler Youth movement, escaped during the Nuremburg trials. Gruber: I’m a much nicer person now.

Neil Young Journeys (2012)

Jonathan Demme’s third collaboration with Neil Young opens June 29th.

Rebecca (1940) – David O. Selznick’s 110th Birthday

Rebecca (1940) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Produced by David O. Selznick. George Sanders as Jack Favell. Favell: You know, Max, I’m getting awfully fed up with my job as a motorcar salesman. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced the feeling of driving an expensive motorcar that isn’t your own but it can be very, (read…)

Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Nick Nolte in “Gangster Squad”

via Apple: “Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and–if he has his way–every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid (read…)

Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki on her new film “Where Do We Go Now?”

Since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival last year, Where Do We Go Now? has become an international hit with audiences and critics alike. First a blockbuster in its native Lebanon, the film went on to show Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, win the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the (read…)

Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Heaven Can Wait (1943) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Don Ameche as Henry Van Cleve and Gene Tierney as Martha Strable Henry: Martha, do you love me? Martha: Well I hardly know you. Henry: You don’t need to know anything when you love. Love needs no introduction. You love or you don’t love. Martha: You’re mad. (read…)

William Friedkin’s “Killer Joe”

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon and Thomas Haden Church.

The band honeymoon on their soundtrack for the documentary “Otter 501”

Individually and collectively, Christina Bailey, Sara Bollwinkel, and Lauren Shera have a long history of writing and recording beautiful music, and bringing their genre-bending and melodic sounds to new audiences across the nation. In 2010, the three ladies (with a little help from band husbands Matt Bailey and Matt Bollwinkel) joined forces to create their (read…)

Ben Affleck’s “Argo”

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that the Aerosmith song is for the trailer only and that’s a good thing. “If I’m doing a fake movie, it’s gonna be a fake hit.” Argo opens October 12.

RIP Maurice Sendak (1928 – 2012)


Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Magnificent Obsession (1954) Directed by Douglas Sirk Rock Hudson as Bob Merrick and Jane Wyman as Helen Phillips Helen: It’s all very simple to you, isn’t it? A check can take care of anything anytime. Most people would be very happy to receive twenty five thousand dollars. Bob: Is it my fault? I didn’t ask (read…)

#1. The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) – Darren McGavin’s 90th Birthday

The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) Directed by Otto Preminger Darren McGavin as Louie Louie: The monkey’s never dead, Dealer. The monkey never dies. You kick him off and he just hides in the corner waiting his turn.

#2. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) – Robert Browning’s 200th Birthday

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) Directed by Sidney Franklin Fredric March as Robert Browning (image above from a different scene than dialogue) Robert Browning: When that passage was written, only God and Robert Browning understood it. Now, only God understands it.

Watercooler Me If You Can

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is John Williams’ snappy theme to Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. Williams is of course responsible for more than his fair share of the most memorable themes in Hollywood since the 1970s, and some would argue that the Williams sound is way overdone. That’s one of the appealing (read…)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers (1980) Written by Dan Aykroyd and John Landis. Directed by John Landis. John Belushi as ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues. Jake: First you traded the Cadillac in for a microphonec then you lied to me about the band, and now you’re gonna put me right back in the (read…)

Rabbit Seasoning (1952)

Rabbit Seasoning (1952) Story by Michael Maltese. Directed by Charles M. Jones. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck voiced by Mel Blanc Daffy: Let’s run through that again. Bugs: Okay! “Would you like to shoot me now or wait until you get home?” Daffy: “Shoot ‘im now. Shoot ‘im now.” Bugs: “You keep outta dis. He (read…)

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